MSU Flower Variety Trials

To put it plainly,
Ozarks gardeners looking for gorgeous new flowering plants can do no better than to check out the Missouri State University Flower Trials.
      It's a remarkable program created by MSU Horticulture professor Clydette Alsup-Egbers that enables gardeners to see many of the gardening world's newest bedding plants and herbaceous perennials as they are tested in the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
      The program's goal is to establish how well the new plants perform in our challenging Ozarks climate. Each plant is monitored and rated for performance at different times in the gardening season.
      Our own personal view of the Flower Trials is that the university and Clydette are unduly modest about the program. We think it's a major contribution to the gardening world in the Ozarks, and for that matter, everywhere. Here are our own photos of some of the plants along with some cultural information. A much larger collection of the trial plants dating back to 2004, with many beautiful photos, can be found on the university website at www.missouristate.edu/flowers.
      The Flower Variety Trials are carried out through a partnership of MSU, the Greene County, Missouri, Master Gardeners, the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, and the MSU grounds department.
       The Springfield Botanical Gardens are located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield, Missouri. We certainly encourage you to go there and see these wonderful plants up close and in person.

The Sign

This sign provides key information on the Trials.

'Lucky Rose Sunrise' Lantana
'Lucky Rose Sunrise' Lantana (Lantana camara 'Lucky Rose Sunrise') is a winner for Ozarks gardeners by virtue of its brilliant, season-long color and tolerance of our fiercest summer heat. New from Ball FloraPlant, it also grows to 16 inches high and 14 inches wide, is drought-tolerant, and has an excellent branching habit that makes it ideal for the garden and for containers and hanging baskets.

'Landmark Citrus' Lantana

'Landmark Citrus'
Lantana (Lantana camara 'Landmark Citrus') grows into a beautiful mound of peach, apricot, and lemon flower clusters. Another Ball introduction, it's highly heat- and drought-tolerant, blooms all season, and, like all lantanas, is highly attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

'Sophistica Antique Shades' Petunia

'Sophistica Antique Shades' Petunia (Petunia x hybrida) from spring to frost produces an abundance of very large flowers with uniquely subtle coloration. A PanAmerican Seed development, it grows to 15 inches high and 12 inches wide and is good in the garden or in containers and hanging baskets.

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